Said versus Meant

Sitting in a meeting today, I was drawn to how people respond to something said that conveys some opacity. With any team (where team is any group of people pursuing an objective), the gap between “said” and “meant” can be dramatically decreased (or eliminated) when each person knows that a question has value, if, to no one else, then to the asker.

Throw in a white board and the unspoken permission to grab a marker — and magic starts to happen.

Conversations begin. Boundaries get redefined. Additional thoughts not initially present are weighed in context. “Thrashing” is a term I’ve heard applied to this.

It’s going to happen. Now or later. Better that it’s now.